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Weekend A La Carte (August 14)

May you know the Lord’s sweetest blessings as you serve and worship him this weekend.

There are some classics and a couple of newer works listed in today’s Kindle deals.

(Yesterday on the blog: A Mid-August Family Update)

Just Call Me Old-Fashioned

“Many people who would label themselves a progressive Christian—which is an oxymoron, if we can be honest—would paint those who believe the whole Bible as fundamentalists. Or old-fashioned. Either way, whatever word they use is meant as a pejorative.”

Blasphemy and the Church

Justin Poythress says that “if there is any commandment that is broken more consistently, habitually, historically, and egregiously by Christians than by non-Christians, it is the third commandment.”

Godless Productivity

“Get proper sleep. Organize your day. Get exercise. Watch your diet. Limit distractors. Draw boundaries. Get outside. Keep a calendar. Review each day. Set attainable goals. Say “no” to good things. Detach from screens. So run secular productivity and self-help books…”

Ligonier Ministries

Ligonier Ministries has launched a beautiful new site. It’s worth spending some time on it and exploring the many (many!) resources.

What Does It Mean to Pray ‘Hallowed Be Your Name’?

Colin Smith explains that “to pray ‘hallowed be Your name’ means to ask God to let His name be worshipped, exalted, honored, and adored on earth as it is in heaven. It is to ask God to so move and act in the world, that people will worship and treasure Him above all else.”

Tolerance Turned Upside Down

These are not new insights, but they are still applicable. “When I was an atheist, I thought Christianity was immoral and dangerous. Anything but agreement and acceptance of others, including their ideas and moral choices, was intolerant. I thought it was intolerant to be a Christian. But is this what intolerance means?”

Flashback: The Patient Mercy of a Holy God

Mercy is not something God owes to us—by definition mercy cannot be owed—but is something God extends in kindness and grace to those who do not deserve it.

Without God as an ultimate standard of truth, all we have are “truths” as interpreted by individuals. To each their own. You do you. It’s no wonder we are now as confused as we are. Do away with God, and you do away with truth.

—Brett McCracken

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